KansasFest is an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, exhibition halls, and camaraderie. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. July 15 2015 Topic: KansasFest, Apple II, Apple 2, Apple II convention
Mike Maginnis provides an overview of the Apple III and a look at all those nasty rumors about its allegedly poor design and engineering. Download the slides at http://www.kansasfest.org/downloads/ and read clarifications from the presenter at http://wp.me/pJsxq-43 Topics: KansasFest, 2011, KFest, Mike Maginnis, Apple, Apple III, Apple ///
Ken Gagne - Kickstarter BrainstormingA presentation at KansasFest 2012Kickstarter is a popular Web site used for "crowdfunding" — the solicitation of small amounts of money from individuals to fund independent projects. It has been used successfully by Jason Scott, David Greelish, and 8 Bit Weapon to support retrocomputing projects. How can we apply this tool to the Apple II community? What ideas might we make real through a successful Kickstarter campaign? Bring your thinking caps,... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Kickstarter, crowdfunding, Apple 2, Apple II
Presented by Quinn Dunki. Mouse programming on the Apple II is a fascinating mix of old and new software paradigms. It's old fashioned ROM-entry-point style programming, but with slight nods towards modern API design and relocatable driver code. I spent some time working out all the gotchas in this, and will share that hard-earned knowledge with you. You'll leave the session with a basic mouse driver that you can tweak and use in your own programs. KansasFest - July 16, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II peripherals, Apple II mouse, computer mouse, Quinn Dunki
Dr. Steve Weyhrich presents some selected topics from the Apple II History that he’s recently researched, Apple II magazines and more.A talk at KansasFest 2012. Topics: Apple 2, Apple II, Apple II magazines, computer magazines, kansasfest, kfest, computer history,...
E7 E7 E7 EE: the story of the greatest copy protection ever invented Presented by Mark Pilgrim. Learn the secret behind the bitstream that revolutionized Apple II copy protection: a runtime routine that could determine if it was running on an original disk. A presentation at KansasFest, July 16 2015. Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II copy protection, E7 bitstream, copy protection techniques
Most computer equipment contain EPROMs on their circuits: CPUs, printers, interface cards, or peripherals. The EPROM chips contain firmware code to control operation of the device. An EPROM looks like a large IC chip: It is wide, with 24 to 40 pins. There is a small round window in the center of the upper side of the chip, with a microlattice of fine metal wires visible through the clear quartz-glass window. The EPROM chips can be erased and reconfigured by hours of exposure to ultraviolet... Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, EPROM, EPROMs, EEPSOMS
On July 18, 2007, David Szetela, founding editor of Nibble Magazine, delivered the keynote speech at KansasFest, an annual celebration of the Apple II. In this segment, he discusses the departmental politics at Apple Computer Inc. Video by Ken Gagne. Topics: KansasFest, Keynote, David Szetela, Apple II, Apple Computer
What is the demoscene all about? We’ll look at the Apple II’s place in this unique subculture and have a look at several well-known demos.A presentation at KansasFest 2012 by Andy MolloyWebsite: http://landsnail.com Topics: Kansasfest, Kfest, Apple II, demoscene
In this session, Dagen Brock deals with using modern development tools and languages to create code and assets for use in Apple II software, including definitions and comparisons of off-platform and cross-platform development; creating build pipelines; using modern tools to create audio and visual assets; and tying it all together, as well as conjecturing what additional tools could be developed to assist in this process. Topics: KansasFest 2010, Apple II, programming
HackFest is an Apple II programming competition held over the course of KansasFest every year and open to all attendees. This video shows the entries and results.For more info: http://www.kansasfest.org/hackfest/Jeremy RandCurtaSim 1stJeff BlakeneyColourfill game2ndIvan DruckerMagic GOSUB3rdScott MillerA formula fo drawing the word KFest4thMartin HayeApple /// crack screenPeter NeubauerLissajous curve plotteMike MaginnisApple III piano Topics: KansasFest, kfest, hackfest, Apple 2, Apple II, programming contest
Jason Scott describes five times he has had to crash Apple IIs into popular culture in the past year, the experience of it, and why we can expect many more crashes in the future. A presentation at KansasFest - July 16, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Jason Scott, Internet Archive, Archive.org
Kansas Fest 2012 — Martin Haye — Code Dangerously With Naked-DevA presentation given at KansasFest 2012 Introducing Naked-Dev: a complete Apple II programming environment which brings instant gratification to both Applesoft and machine language coders. With Naked-Dev, you'll be able to write machine language code in real-time — no assembly required — using either a new, easy-to-learn, English-readable language called SHORT, or by writing standard 6502 assembly code in a dramatically... Topics: KansasFest, Apple 2, Apple II, programming, Short, Naked-Dev
Open Apple, the Apple II community's only co-hosted podcast, is the product of endless hours slaving over a mixing board and audio editing software. Watch and learn what goes into recording an episode of the show. What would an episode sound like without this extensive post-production process? Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2011, Ken Gagne, Mike Maginnis, audio, Apple II, Open Apple, podcast, Apple
Solar Powered Apple IIA presentation at KansasFest 2012 by Peter NeubauerWhat does it take to run an Apple II off solar power? I'll discuss the power requirements for an a Apple II, the basics of solar power, and the details of my solar setup.Website: http://bluerwhite.org Topics: Apple II, Apple 2, Kansasfest, kfest, Solar power, solar powered computers, Apple Iic
From Kansasfest 2015. Join Brian Wiser and Bill Martens for a brief overview of the A.P.P.L.E. Users Group and Call-A.P.P.L.E. Hear new product announcements and a few surprises. Topic: Kansasfest 2015 Sessions Call APPLE
2015 KFest - Apple II Monitor LCD Conversion Javier Rivera explains his techniques and tricks to convert Apple monitors to LCD. He will show his LCD conversion and also a small "show and tell" of past conversions and techniques. A presentation at KansasFest - July 16, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Apple II peripherals, LCD monitors, monitor conversion
2015 KFest - Ultimate Micro Announcements direct from UltimateApple2 and ReActiveMicro about the new brand: UltimateMicro. Related projects, demos, and Q&A July 15, 2015 Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, ReActiveMicro, Ultimate Micro, Apple II peripherals
KansasFest 2012 — Wayne Arthurton — The Apple II’s Gaming LegacyA presentation given at KansasFest 2012A tour of franchises started on the Apple II that are still going strong or coming back. A surprising number of modern games can directly trace their heritage to games originating on our favorite machine.Website: http://waynearthurton.com Topics: KansasFest, Apple 2, Apple II, games, computer game history
Keynote for Kansasfest 2015 was presented by "Burger" Becky Heineman. Heineman learned programming at age 16 and gained fame in 1980 as the first National Space Invaders Champion with a score of 165,200. Her career soon blossomed with credits in over 250 games including classics such as Tass Times in Tonetown, Dragon Wars, Crystal Quest, The Bard’s Tale III: The Thief of Fate, Battle Chess, and Wolfenstein 3D. She developed numerous titles for the Apple IIgs, other contemporary... Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Rebecca Heineman, keynote
A presentation at KansasFest 2012.Get the inside story of AppleWorks from the only programmer who worked on three major releases (3, 4, 5). Best-known for creating the first macro add-on for AppleWorks and developing it into a full-blown programming language, Randy Brandt also contributed more than a dozen applications to the TimeOut series and was the AppleWorks project manager and primary data base developer from version 3.0 on. He worked for Beagle Bros, Claris, Quality Computers and his... Topics: Apple II, AppleWorks, KansasFest, Kfest, Randy Brandt
NiftyList is one of the most amazing utilities for the Apple IIgs to provide details of what is running in the system. It can be used debug code and provide information what applications are doing at the current moment.A talk presented at KansasFest July 21, 2012Website: http://www.gwlink.net/geoff/ Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, NiftyList
Why I Left My First Love – The Sordid Tale of a Fickle Apple II Userby Earl EvansA presentation at KansasFest 2012The first microcomputer I ever encountered was the Apple II, and it was love at first sight. However, throughout the following years, my computing experience brought me in and out of the Apple II world. This presentation explores my personal history with the Apple II – and why I flirted with other 8-bit computers, eventually settling on the competition for my own home computer.... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, Commodore 64, computer history, Apple 2
Q&A with John Romero at KansasFest 2012, following his keynote.John Romero discusses his experience starting out on the Apple II, what he’s learned over the years about famous Apple II coders, and his recollections of coding games on the Apple II in the 80s. Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Apple II, Apple 2, John Romero, Q&A
Ken Gagne - Wordpress For DummiesA presentation at KansasFest 2012Start your own Apple II Web site, blog, online business, or podcast with WordPress, a free and open-source content management system (CMS). Learn how to get started, how to install a theme, what the essential plugins are, and how to start publishing. Relevant webmastering tools, like Google Analytics, Feedburner, and Navicat will be reviewed. This session is aimed at beginners, with no knowledge of CSS, PHP, or MySQL necessary... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, Wordpress, blogging, Apple II
Martin Haye's Super-Mon is a set of fancy extensions to the Apple II system monitor. This fairly technical session follows the creation of a small but interesting assembly language program that demonstrates the concepts and capabilities of Super-Mon. Topics: KansasFest, Martin Haye, Apple II, Monitor, Extension
Each year, the KansasFest committee bestows the the Apple II Forever award upon members of the Apple II community for their contributions to the platform. At KansasFest 2012, telecommunications expert Geoff Weiss received this message from Ewen Wannop, creator of Spectrum, in recognition of his status in the community. (Unbeknownst to Ewen, who was not on-site at the event, he too received an award.) Topics: Geoff Weiss, Ewen Wannop, Apple II, Apple II Forever, award, plaque, ceremony, tribute,...
For this talk, Jason Scott is covering two "terrific machines": The Apple II itself, and the mechanism of Archive.org and how this non-profit library is working so hard to collect so much history, including vintage computer history. Having been well-seasoned in a year and a half of working at the Archive, Jason will lay out how things work there, how to make the place work for you and efforts to save history, and some success stories of same.The talk was given remotely for KansasFest... Topics: archive.org, Internet Archive, Jason Scott, Apple II, Kansasfest, kfest
Price of Persia Source Code: Saved!A presentation at KansasFest 2012Tony Diaz and Jason Scott heeded the call and saved Jordan Mechner’s source code for the classic Prince of Persia. Relive the recovery.Website: http://www.16sector.com Topics: Apple II, Apple 2, Prince Of Persia, Tony Diaz, Jason Scott, Jordan Mechner, source code, computer...
If you've programmed in Applesoft, then you know that its INPUT command is not very capable. But now you don't need it! NuInput, by Ivan Drucker, is a powerful and flexible replacement for INPUT which makes it easy for any Applesoft programmer to specify maximum entry length and permitted keys, automatically convert lowercase, refuse blank entry, provide an ESCape, and much more! Download your copy at ivanx.com/appleii/ Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Ivan Drucker, Apple, Apple II, input, BASIC, NuInput, programming,...
This session will briefly cover the Pascal operating system and compare the various Pascal compilers and interpreters for the Apple II. It give an overview of the Pascal language itself, provide a useful guide to learning Pascal and then compare and contrast the available Pascal programming environments for the Apple II series of computers. This session is perfect for those of you who have mastered BASIC and want to delve into structured programming languages. No knowledge of programming will... Topic: Apple II, Apple 2, KansasFest, Pascal operating system, Pascal programming language
Recent experiments with fractal algorithms in pure Applesoft BASIC have revealed methods for optimizing code to achieve acceptable speeds on a 4Mhz IIc Plus. In this session, Wayne Arthurton demonstrates the effects of using and optimizing user-defined functions, vari able reuse, variable allocation order, and other techniques for improving BASIC calculation performance. Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Wayne Arthurton, Apple, Apple II, Applesoft, BASIC, programming,...
Creator of the popular 'FishNDA', Ryan Suenaga proves that he doesn't suck by delivering this precorded video to KansasFest 2010, in which he announces the development of a send-only email NDA for the Apple IIGS, codenamed Melissa and officially named Emily II. Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Ryan Suenaga, Apple, Apple IIGS, email, Melissa, Emily, NDA, SMTP, client
byDavid Greelish, Carrington Vanston, Earl Evans, Ken Gagne
A panel at KansasFest 2012 with Ken Gagne, David Greelish, Carrington Vanston and Earl EvansWhat do Retro Computing Roundtable, Open Apple, 1 MHz, Retrobits, Classic Computing Show, DoubleTake, and Challenge Talk all have in common? These podcasts’ hosts and co-hosts will all be in attendance at KansasFest 2012! But the similarity ends there, with each show having a different approach to collaboration and production, content and audience. Listen to hosts Ken Gagne, David Greelish, Carrington... Topics: Apple II, podcasting, podcasts, Kansasfest, kfest, podcasters
KansasFest 2012 - Tony Diaz - The Apple II RoadshowA presentation at KansasFest 2012.If there were to be an Apple II Road Show … this is what it might be like. Learn what makes or breaks an Apple II, how to spot a "fake" and what a true collector would look for. Everyone is encouraged to bring their Apple II treasures for appraisal. Topics: Apple II, Kansasfest, Kfest, Tony Diaz, historical computer values, eBay
KansasFest's 2012 sessions kick off with a keynote speech by John Romero, co-founder of id Software and creator of Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave, and nearly a hundred other popular computer and video games. Romero, whose Apple II credits include Dangerous Dave and Dark Castle, has been a pillar of the electronic entertainment industry for nearly as long as the Apple II has existed. Popular Apple II magazine inCider published Romero's first program in 1984, with many more of his titles to... Topics: KansasFest, Kfest, John Romero, Apple II, Apple 2, Wolfenstein 3D, id Software, Dark Castle,...
A presentation by Carrington Vanston by KansasFest 2012.Inform 7, the newest version of the longstanding text adventure creation software, is a very approachable platform for people who might want to create their own Infocom-style games.Inform is so approachable, in fact, that we are going to make an entire (if tiny) text adventure game from scratch in 30 minutes. We’ll do it "improv style," taking suggestions from the audience, building out the rooms and objects based on their... Topics: Inform 7, interactive fiction, text adventure, programming, game programming, Apple 2, Apple II,...
A tour of a scale model of an Apple II Plus, built in the game Minecraft, by Steve Weyhrich. Find the videos used in this presentation at http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL305A535804065D37 Topics: KansasFest, 2011, KFest, Steve Weyhrich, Minecraft, Notch, Apple II
"Once upon a time, only advanced programmers could achieve machine language speed." Learn how to use Macrosoft, a programming language from the same folks who brought us Nibble Magazine, to write Applesoft-like programs that achieve machine language speed, in this introduction to obtaining, using, and setting up Macrosoft and the companion Assembler. We'll write a small Macrosoft program during the presentation to help you get started writing your own programs. See... Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2010, Peter Neubauer, Apple, Apple II, assembler, assembly, Nibble, Macrosoft
Over the past few years, there have been developments which allow greater support of disk images on the IIgs. Geoff Weiss demonstrates the latest technology with such products as MountIt by Brutal Deluxe and the SmartportVHD by Cedric Peltier. Topics: KansasFest, KFest, 2011, Geoff Weiss, MountIt, SPVHD, SmartPort, disk images, emulation, emulators,...
The Free Tools Association (FTA) released ActiveGS, a free IIgs emulator for IOS devices now available in the iTunes App Store. The year when the Apple IIgs has gone mobile is 2011, and KansasFest 2011 is a chance to see it in action, courtesy Geoff Weiss and Tony Diaz. Topics: Geoff Weiss, Tony Diaz, KFest, KansasFest, 2011, Apple IIGS, ActiveGS, emulator, emulation, iOS,...
Each year, the KansasFest committee bestows the the Apple II Forever award upon members of the Apple II community for their contributions to the platform. At KansasFest 2012, Beagle Bros alumnus and AppleWorks developer Randy Brandt, attending KansasFest for the first time in nearly two decades, was honored with an Apple II Forever award. The first-ever recipient of the award, former Beagle Bros president Mark Simonsen, delivered this remote message to the honoree. Topics: Apple II, KansasFest, KFest, Mark Simonsen, Randy Brandt, AppleWorks, ProntoDOS, Beagle Bros
Live recording of the Retro Computing Roundtable podcast at KansasFest 2012.Site: http://rcrpodcast.com Topics: Kansasfest, kfest, Retro Computing Roundtable, podcast, retrocomputing, vintage computers, Apple II
On July 18, 2007, David Szetela, founding editor of Nibble Magazine, delivered the keynote speech at KansasFest, an annual celebration of the Apple II. In this segment, he discusses the impact and legacy of John Sculley and Mike Harvey. Video by Ken Gagne. Topics: KansasFest, Keynote, David Szetela, Apple II, John Sculley, Mike Harvey
The growth of the personal computer made computer-controlled robots popular and accessible to hobbyists. "Turtles" are a style of small, mobile robot resembling cybernetic animals. Join Peter Neubauer at KansasFest 2011 for a photo tour and comparison of several turtle robots contemporary with the Apple II. Topics: turtles, robots, Peter Neubauer, Apple II, KFest, KansasFest, 2011
Through custom coding and modification, Melissa Barron has modified the classic Oregon Trail to use in-game text that's a blend of l337, chatspeak, and LOLcats syntax. Learn about the process of hacking this game and see it in action on an Apple IIc. Learn more at http://melissabarron.net/ or see her similar presentation at Notacon 7 at http://notaconmedia.com/2010media.shtml#schedule Topics: KansasFest 2010, Melissa Barron, Apple II, Oregon Trail, game modification
This montage of highlights from KansasFest 1995 is a tour de force of one of the earliest conventions to celebrate the Apple II personal computer. Features include the keynote address by Roger Wagner; the party game Bite the Bag; the roast of Steve Disbrow; sessions by Tony Diaz and Mike Westerfield; and a cavalcade of cameos by Margaret Anderson, Joe Wankerl, Jack Kells, Greg Nelson, Nate Trost, Scott Johnson, Ephraim Wall, Susan McGregor, Bruce Milyko, John Stankowski, Lunatic E'Sex, Tim... Topics: Apple II, A2, KansasFest, KFest, 1995, Avila, Kansas City, Apple 2, Roger Wagner, EGO Systems,...